Golden Eagles Defeat Green Bay 89-69

Nov. 17, 2010

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Brian Wardle liked what his team did despite the loss. Buzz Williams saw plenty to fix despite the win.

Jae Crowder, a junior college transfer, scored 17 points to help Marquette beat Wisconsin-Green Bay 89-69 on Wednesday night in the second round of the CBE Classic.

Marquette jumped to an early lead and maintained that double-digit cushion throughout the game.

"I was excited to see what we did tonight," Wardle said, the new coach of the Phoenix. "We learned a lot about certain players and situations."

Wardle won his coaching debut with a 75-36 victory over Minnesota Duluth on Nov. 13. He found it much tougher going against his alma mater, where he was the third-leading in scorer in Marquette history when he graduated in 2001.

Green Bay (1-1) won the opening tip and scored the first basket. But Dwight Buycks answered with one of Marquette's four 3-pointers in the first half, and the Golden Eagles never trailed again. The Phoenix kept the lead under 10 until midway through the first half, but then Crowder capped an 18-7 surge with a three-point play that pushed the lead to 40-20 with 6:35 left.

Marquette (3-0) led 53-33 at the break and never let the lead slip below 15 in the second half in cruising to the victory.

"Our transition defense was not there to start the game," Wardle said. "That really hurt us. They get it out quick. We were just a little hesitant. We were on our heels."

Williams wasn't pleased despite the easy victory.

"We'll do three of four things right defensively, than have a breakdown," he said. "We'll do three or four things right offensively, then we'll have a breakdown. Concentrate for longer periods of time. That's hard with a young team. We've got to keep pushing."

Crowder was 7 for 11 from the floor and had a game-best nine rebounds, including five offensive boards. Teammate Davante Gardner had 11 points, all in the second half.

Darius Johnson-Odom said Crowder, who is just three games into his Marquette career, was a force under the basket.

"I think he's going to be tremendous for us down the stretch," Johnson-Odom said. "He's 6-6 with a body like a linebacker. That helps him get rebounds and tip-ins."

Marquette had 52 points in the paint to Green Bay's 22.

Williams liked Crowder's effort.

"He is a 38-year-old when it comes to his instincts and how he processes things," Williams said. "He's going to end up, in my opinion, being the heart and soul of what we're about because he has such a great feel for what we're doing. He'll end up playing starter and finisher minutes."

Vander Blue added 14 points, Jimmy Butler 13, Buycks 12 and Johnson-Odom 11 for Marquette.

Bryquis Perine scored 21 points and Steve Baker added 11 for Green Bay.

With Green Bay trailing 57-35, Perine hit consecutive 3-pointers. After Johnson-Odom was fouled and made two free throws, Seth Evans hit another 3 for the Phoenix to pull within 59-44 with 14:38 left. When Marquette got the ball on the next possession, Crowder passed to Joe Fulce, who scored on a nifty reverse layup.

Green Bay was 8-for-17 from 3-point range, while Marquette was 4-for-8.

Marquette shot 32 for 61 (52.5 percent). Green Bay made 23 of 64 shots (35.9 percent).




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